|Mouth of the Rio Algarrobo|
And was I right to do when I left the house at about 10.30. A Sardinian Warbler took off from next door's ground terrace and a Blackbird came calling down the main pathway between the houses towards the beach and gardens. One minute after leaving I was on the front and in time to witness the fifty plus Mediterranean Gulls on the beach before carrying on towards the footbridge over the normally dry Rio Algarrobo. Approaching the bridge a couple of Feral Pigeons landed on the beach and I could hear the first Collared Dove of the morning.
|Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator|
|From the footbridge showing the wire used by the Woodchat Shrike|
On the shore itself at the mouth of the river which had now broken through to the sea, at least thirty Mediterranean along with a handful of both Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls. And as I looked beyond the gulls a single Cormorant flew eastwards and came to rest on the water just off the shore.
|Mainly Mediterranean Larus melanocephalus with at least one Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus to be seen|
|Rio Algarrobo looking upstream and where the Barn Swallow was feeding|
No gulls on the beach but as I arrived at my turning away from the paseo and to my nearby house i could not but stop and count the now sixty plus Mediterranean Gulls resting on the beach in frot of me. My estimate suggests that there must have been over a 100 Mediterranean Gulls in total making use of the beach this morning. So, a dozen species and not bad for about a forty minute walk at most.
Cormorant, Mediterranean Gull, Back-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow.
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